Emergency responders work to rescue the passengers of the Servant Air Islander that crashed Monday afternoon near the Kodiak State Airport. Alaska State Troopers photo
aboard a small plane that crashed yesterday afternoon in Kodiak are safe after
an hours-long ordeal where the plane was standing nose-down in some trees
across from the end of the runway.
State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says the plane was
a Servant Air Britten-Norman Islander. The
pilot was identified as 37-year-old Jason Lobo, and passengers Zora Inga and
her husband Martin, ages 39 and 38, of Old Harbor.
One of the
Ingas was extracted from the wreckage by 2 p.m. and transported to Providence
Kodiak Island Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The other two, reported
to be "conscious and alert," remained trapped in the plane until
around 3 p.m. when they were freed. The last person out of the plane was Lobo.
He reportedly walked out to the road on his own and refused medical treatment.
closed Rezanof Drive where it goes around the west end of the Kodiak
Airport for several hours as Coast Guard emergency personnel worked to
stabilize the aircraft and extract the occupants.
Assistant Fire Chief Mike McDonnell said the wreck could have been much
-- (Crash 2 19
sec "It nosed into the trees ...
much grimmer situation.")
three fire departments in town responded to the accident as well.
Woofter was the second car in line when traffic was stopped after the
She said via cell phone as she was leaving the scene that the road to
Creek was cleared of snow and traffic was rerouted across the west end
runway around the accident while emergency personnel continued to work
at the crash
-- (Crash 3 37
sec "I waited for about an h our
... I was driving away.")
A crane and
a boom truck were later seen removing the plane from the wooded
National Transportation Safety Board is expected in town to investigate
2008 a Servant Air Piper Navajo Chieftain crashed into the water off the
end of the main Kodiak runway, killing six, including the pilot. The
that accident was determined to be a faulty latch on a front-end baggage
which caused the door to fly open shortly after take-off.